Canada will base its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Cold Lake and Bagotville, equipping 4 Wing and 3 Wing respectively.
The basing plan was announced by defense minister Peter MacKay during a visit to 3 Wing at Bagotville.
In announcing the move, chief of staff Lt. Gen. Andre Deschamps notes in a statement that “3 Wing Bagotville and 4 Wing Cold Lake have long and proud histories of protecting Canadian and North American airspace at home and contributing to coalition operations abroad.”
Each base will get 24 of the fighters. The rest of the 65 units will go to a training squadron. Where that will be situated remains to be determined. Canada hopes to start taking delivery of the F-35 in 2016.